Many private domestic adoptions come to the adoption practitioner as a matched pair, meaning that the birth parents already have potential adoptive parents in mind when they first contact the practitioner. For this reason, families looking to adopt are strongly encouraged to spread the word about their interest in adoption through their personal network. There are also several listing sites, such as CanadaAdopts.com and AdoptiveParents.ca, where AdoptReady families can create a profile to make themselves visible to birth parents throughout the province who may be seeking a placement for their child.
In the case of public adoption, families have the ability to be more proactive in finding the child that is right for them. The AdoptOntario website is a valuable resource for finding children throughout the province. By creating a profile on the AdoptOntario website, you can search the photolisting, read profiles, and watch videos of children for whom an adoptive family is being sought. If you find a child who you wish to express interest in, the AdoptOntario program will put you in contact with the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) that is representing that child’s case. You can also have your profile listed in the professional directory of the AdoptOntario website, thus making you visible to CAS workers who are actively seeking a home for children in their area. There is also the Ministry of Children and Youth Services program “Today’s Child” which features a single waiting child at a time whose profile appears openly both online and in The Toronto Star.
The semi-annual Adoption Resource Exchange (ARE) is another useful resource for connecting with children available to families interested in public adoption. At an ARE, potential adoptive families can meet with representatives of Children’s Aid Societies from around the province, learning about specific children for whom they are seeking forever families. AdoptReady families may complete a Child Response form directly at the ARE, should they find a child they wish to be connected with. The CAS who is responsible for the child will contact the family and their adoption worker for further discussion after the event.